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FSU's Bowden to Retire After Bowl Game
UNDATED (AP) _ Bobby Bowden will end his 44-year head coaching career when the Florida State Seminoles play their bowl game later this month.

The 80-year old Bowden will retire as the second-winningest coach in major college football behind Penn State's Joe Paterno. Bowden has won 388 games in his career at Samford, West Virginia and Florida State, where he's spent the last 34 seasons.

Bowden captured two national titles with Florida State in 1993 and 1999. Among his top achievements was a string of 14 straight seasons ending in 2000 when the Seminoles won at least 10 games and finished ranked in the top five of the AP poll.

FSU officials announced after the 2007 season that offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher would succeed Bowden.

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